Cowardly Congressman Still Won’t Tell New Hampshire Where He Stands On Obama’s Troop Surge

CONCORD – The Union Leader (12/11/09) reports that Congressman Paul Hodes is still refusing to tell New Hampshire voters if he supports President Obama’s decision to deploy 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. He is the only member of the New Hampshire delegation to refuse to take a position on President Obama’s Afghan War strategy.

 “Since President Obama announced his plan to deploy 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, Congressman Hodes has come up with excuse after excuse to avoid taking a position on this issue. Mr. Hodes is deliberately refusing to take a stand on the President’s war strategy because he is afraid of the political ramifications caused by any decision,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “New Hampshire voters want a Senator who has the courage to take a stand on the difficult issues instead of a politically calculating politician like Paul Hodes.”

On Friday, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter finally admitted that she was flip-flopping her position on the Afghan war by announcing her opposition to the President’s troop surge. She also stated that anybody who supports the President’s troop surge is “irresponsible.”

"Anybody who would not change their position based on what has happened in Afghanistan would be irresponsible," Ms. Shea Porter told the Portsmouth Herald (12/14/09.)

During his 2006 and 2008 campaigns, Congressman Hodes consistently supported the War in Afghanistan and repeatedly called for a troop surge.

“On the military front, the nation should be focusing on combating the existing terrorists in Afghanistan,” Congressman Hodes told the Concord Monitor (10/18/08.) Our resources, effort and attention were recklessly diverted from the war in Afghanistan, which I supported and which continues to require our vigilance and commitment,” said Hodes (Concord Monitor, 2/16/07.)